Welcome!

News Feed Item

If you thought Merits of Seniority will Gain you Workplace Respect, Think Again

Somewhere amidst the market shift from baby boomers to millennials, we are forgetting the ethics of respecting our well-read and experienced elder gentry. In the U.S., age discrimination is posing a major trouble spot today.

DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The major reason behind the increasing demographic base of baby boomers in the U.S workforce is a longer life expectancy and the Great recession. A recent report in Bloomberg Businessweek mentioned that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has recorded 22% of workers are in the age group of 55-and-above. The advantages of having a larger percentage of older people in the organization are varied. You have people who are expert and seasoned in their subject-matter as well as institutional knowledge, and they exhibit exceptional loyalty to the organization and its values – which is an excellent motivator for the later generation. However, they are facing a lot of troubles in today's market.

(Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140808/134702)

The potentiality of age discrimination is so high that the seniors over 40 year or old are protected by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), to stop them from being a victim of discrimination in the workplace – either during the hiring or exit process. The number of charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity has shown an upward trend in the last two decades. For instance, FY1997 recorded 15, 785 such charges and it rose to 21,396 by 2013.

Ways Age-Based Discrimination Happen

Age-based discrimination is an age-old topic. There are a record number of ADEA claims on age-based discrimination. Age based harassment may seem like good fun at first as the older employees may laugh it away. However, it is quite possible that employees turn around one fine day and remark about the biasness against the older workforce, and the apathy of management towards it. It is observed that red flags spring up during times of change in the organization. Supposedly, the senior employee was passed over for a promotion or raise or was in a group of laid-off employees, problems may arise if the employer isn't ready to prove that age wasn't a deciding factor in the decision making and could lead to potential ADEA claims. Also, it is not completely illegal for an employer to ask its senior employee about the plan of retirement in few years. However, if case against discrimination is filed later, the plaintiff has full rights to site the questions as an example of the discrimination.

It is important to understand that legal risks coming with older employees are not only limited to ADEA risks but also with Americans with Disability Act and Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA). The Americans with Disability Act applies to employees who experience physical difficulties as they age. Employers need to be sensitive to the needs of their elder employees and should arrange better ergonomic setup for them. The GINA prevents employers from asking genetic information to their employees and making employment decisions on that basis.

Various litigation risks arising from age-related discriminations can be stopped by organizations by adopting approaches like zero tolerance policies for any harassment and open-door policies for supervisors. This will help the employees share discriminatory issues, and the company can reciprocate with effective investigation. Companies who value their elder workforce, however, have a lot of ways to show their support, for instance keeping flexible or part-time work opportunities or allowing telecommuting.

If you want to understand the key employment discriminations and what are the regulations that they come with, you could join expert speaker Ronald Adler, President and CEO of Laurdan Association Inc., in a live audio conference 'Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance for Supervisors and Managers: Creating and Preserving a Legal and Respectful Workplace' on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Ronald would be speaking in the conference organized by AudioSolutionz, an organization which provides business solutions for every industry. The portal also conducts conferences and webinars on myriad HR topics related to recruitment, corporate culture and HR strategies on trending, pithy topics addressed by experts and seasoned professionals from the industry.

Media Contact: Shivane K, Audio Solutionz, 1-800-223-8720, [email protected]

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE Audio Solutionz

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
As many know, the first generation of Cloud Management Platform (CMP) solutions were designed for managing virtual infrastructure (IaaS) and traditional applications. But that's no longer enough to satisfy evolving and complex business requirements. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Scott Davis, Embotics CTO, explored how next-generation CMPs ensure organizations can manage cloud-native and microservice-based application architectures, while also facilitating agile DevOps methodology. He expla...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Synametrics Technologies will exhibit at SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. Synametrics Technologies is a privately held company based in Plainsboro, New Jersey that has been providing solutions for the developer community since 1997. Based on the success of its initial product offerings such as WinSQL, Xeams, SynaMan and Syncrify, Synametrics continues to create and hone in...
To get the most out of their data, successful companies are not focusing on queries and data lakes, they are actively integrating analytics into their operations with a data-first application development approach. Real-time adjustments to improve revenues, reduce costs, or mitigate risk rely on applications that minimize latency on a variety of data sources. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Jack Norris, Senior Vice President, Data and Applications at MapR Technologies, reviewed best practices t...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
DevOps promotes continuous improvement through a culture of collaboration. But in real terms, how do you: Integrate activities across diverse teams and services? Make objective decisions with system-wide visibility? Use feedback loops to enable learning and improvement? With technology insights and real-world examples, in his general session at @DevOpsSummit, at 21st Cloud Expo, Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, explored how leading organizations use data-driven DevOps to clos...
"I focus on what we are calling CAST Highlight, which is our SaaS application portfolio analysis tool. It is an extremely lightweight tool that can integrate with pretty much any build process right now," explained Andrew Siegmund, Application Migration Specialist for CAST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Recently, REAN Cloud built a digital concierge for a North Carolina hospital that had observed that most patient call button questions were repetitive. In addition, the paper-based process used to measure patient health metrics was laborious, not in real-time and sometimes error-prone. In their session at 21st Cloud Expo, Sean Finnerty, Executive Director, Practice Lead, Health Care & Life Science at REAN Cloud, and Dr. S.P.T. Krishnan, Principal Architect at REAN Cloud, discussed how they built...
The dynamic nature of the cloud means that change is a constant when it comes to modern cloud-based infrastructure. Delivering modern applications to end users, therefore, is a constantly shifting challenge. Delivery automation helps IT Ops teams ensure that apps are providing an optimal end user experience over hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud environments, no matter what the current state of the infrastructure is. To employ a delivery automation strategy that reflects your business rules, making r...
The past few years have brought a sea change in the way applications are architected, developed, and consumed—increasing both the complexity of testing and the business impact of software failures. How can software testing professionals keep pace with modern application delivery, given the trends that impact both architectures (cloud, microservices, and APIs) and processes (DevOps, agile, and continuous delivery)? This is where continuous testing comes in. D
Modern software design has fundamentally changed how we manage applications, causing many to turn to containers as the new virtual machine for resource management. As container adoption grows beyond stateless applications to stateful workloads, the need for persistent storage is foundational - something customers routinely cite as a top pain point. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 21st Cloud Expo, Bill Borsari, Head of Systems Engineering at Datera, explored how organizations can reap the bene...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
In a recent survey, Sumo Logic surveyed 1,500 customers who employ cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). According to the survey, a quarter of the respondents have already deployed Docker containers and nearly as many (23 percent) are employing the AWS Lambda serverless computing framework. It’s clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. Tha...
Digital transformation is about embracing digital technologies into a company's culture to better connect with its customers, automate processes, create better tools, enter new markets, etc. Such a transformation requires continuous orchestration across teams and an environment based on open collaboration and daily experiments. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Alex Casalboni, Technical (Cloud) Evangelist at Cloud Academy, explored and discussed the most urgent unsolved challenges to achieve f...
With tough new regulations coming to Europe on data privacy in May 2018, Calligo will explain why in reality the effect is global and transforms how you consider critical data. EU GDPR fundamentally rewrites the rules for cloud, Big Data and IoT. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Adam Ryan, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Calligo, examined the regulations and provided insight on how it affects technology, challenges the established rules and will usher in new levels of diligence arou...
In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Dumas, Calligo’s Vice President and G.M. of US operations, discussed the new Global Data Protection Regulation and how Calligo can help business stay compliant in digitally globalized world. Greg Dumas is Calligo's Vice President and G.M. of US operations. Calligo is an established service provider that provides an innovative platform for trusted cloud solutions. Calligo’s customers are typically most concerned about GDPR compliance, application p...